Miranda Lambert headlined the 6thAnnual Cause for the Paws concert benefiting her own MuttNation Foundation on Friday, May 21 in Thackerville, Oklahoma. So far in 2013, MuttNation has raised more than $400,000 from the concert and various other donations, including fundraising efforts by individual groups of “Ran Fans.” The concert came at a time of great need.
“This year we were so proud to bring Cause for the Paws 6 to Miranda’s adopted home state of Oklahoma,” Bev Lambert, the Director of MuttNation, said. “Our early decision proved to be a very timely one. Just before our event date the devastating tornado hit the Oklahoma City area. MuttNation Foundation went into full action. As a result, during the event we pledged all incoming funds via our Facebook page to the affected animal rescue and relief where we had two mobile shelter units, Pedigree food delivery and a mobile animal hospital deployed.
“The fact that we raised nearly half a million dollars is beyond belief!” she continued. “Miranda and I promise, without reservation, that all funds from the event as well as incoming donations, will be used in the most frugal and effective ways to insure that pets across the U.S., and specifically now in Oklahoma, are rescued, sheltered, housed and adopted in a manner that aligns with our mission: to end animal suffering and homelessness on every front!”
The Cause for the Paws event raised funds through a combination of ticket sales, a live auction, an eBay auction, raffle tickets, vendors donating their services and private donations. Items from the eBay auction included a mini replica “Blake and Miranda Wedding,” an autographed George Strait cowboy hat and two tickets to his sold out shows in Texas and guitars autographed by Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift.
MuttNation Foundation has been actively helping reunite families with pets during Oklahoma’s devastating storms and finding new homes for pets in need.
“I feel so blessed to be able to continue the work of MuttNation Foundation in aiding and assisting animals in need,” Miranda said. “Aside from music, this is my biggest passion in life, and I find it so rewarding to help end animal suffering and homelessness.”